Blue skies broke out around Indianapolis Motor Speedway at 2:45pm EST. The track was being dried and the first priority for NTT IndyCar drivers was to complete the Last Row Shootout. There were 15 tow trucks and pickups, plus seven jet dryers, and two big sweeper dryers, first on the track, and then in Pit Lane.
All qualifying cars were told to report to the Tech line at 4pm. Qualifying for the Last Row will be at 4:30pm, followed immediately by the Fast Nine Shootout. James Hinchcliffe/No.5 Arrow Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Honda will be first car out for the Last Chance Qualifying, followed by the other five cars. Kyle Kaiser/No.32 Juncos Racing Chevrolet has had no practice for this session. The Mayor of Hinchtown has quite the history with Indy 500 Qualifying. Three years ago he had his horrific crash which sidelined him for months. The following year he earned the Pole Position. Then last year he failed to make the show at the very last minute. And now he’s fighting to make the last row. Drama.
Immediately following the Last Row Shootout, with no practice or warmup, the Fast Nine will have their Qualifying for the Pole Position and other positioning.
There were Happy Feet Saturday on the Bricks after qualifying. Photos by Pablo Matamoros.